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Greetings to all of our patients!  

I want to take this time to reach out to you all and reconnect so as to let you all know what we've been up to during the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic.  I want to state that our #1 priority is, and has always been the health & safety of our patients, and, of course, to provide to you the highest quality dental care we can!  

I am sure most of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of dentistry during this time, so we'd like to share the measures and actions we are taking to ensure your safety here at our office.

First of all, the culture here will be a little bit different in the “post novel corona virus world”.  At least until researchers come up with therapies and /or a vaccine!  We will be implementing some new systems in our practice to mitigate the risk of disease transmission here.  

What to expect when you come to the office?  Prior to your appointment, when Diana calls you to confirm your appointment date and time, she will ask a few quick questions regarding your medical status, and any symptoms suggestive of an illness...We ask that if you are ill with a fever, coughing, etc. to please reschedule for when you are well.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and then escort you directly to your treatment room.  

We will be spacing out our patient appointments so that there is only one patient on the dentistry side with Susie and I, and only one patient in the hygiene side with Chelsea.  For the most part, no one is allowed to wait in the lobby until further notice...We will of course, accommodate people escorting children or elderly patients.

All surfaces will be disinfected with Hospital Grade Disinfectants (as we've always done in the past) between patients.  All door knobs, light switches, etc. will be disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the day!  This will mitigate the risk of any infectious disease transmission via surfaces.

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, dentistry as an industry has employed “Universal Precautions” (masks, gloves, “single use” disposable equipment, etc.) to mitigate disease transmission.  

The most concerning of transmission routes for infection, including novel corona virus, is via “'aerosols”.  Dentists and hygienists  have used “High Volume Evacuation” (HVE) routinely for decades to capture aerosols generated by dental hand pieces (drill) and ultra-sonic scaling devices.  HVE reduces aerosols by 90% !  

We will continue to use HVE for all procedures that generate aerosols.  In addition to HVE, we've invested in Medical Grade H-13 HEPA aerosol scavengers in our operatories (basically a very powerful vacuum) with a snorkel hose that we can position adjacent to the treatment field to scavenge any aerosol the HVE misses.

We have also invested in nine medical grade H-13 HEPA air filtration units placed throughout the office which will completely clean/turn over the air every 10 minutes, or six times per hour.

Another investment made was having medical grade UVC (Ultra-Violet C) units installed in our Central  Air Conditioning/Heating units that kill Bacteria and Virus as the air passes through. 

Finally, we will fog the office with Hypochlorous Acid, a human safe, yet powerful disinfectant at the end of each day.

We want you all to know that we are taking all possible precautions and measures to ensure your safety, and the safety of our team here!

To further streamline your experience at the office, we will be scheduling return visits for you in the operatory, at the end of your appointment.  We will make available electronic payment options in order to minimize visiting the front desk.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Gum Disease Treatment

Without treatment, gum disease undermines both the look and health of your smile.

Professional periodontal care not only eliminates pain and bleeding gums, but also prevents the need for more expensive treatment

How can we eliminate gum disease before it causes damage?

What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?

Eliminating unpleasant symptoms.
By addressing the source of the problem, we can stop the most immediate side effects, from bleeding gums to bad breath.

Laying foundations for aesthetic results.
Once we have eliminated the risk to your oral health, you can focus on ensuring your smile looks as good as possible.

Minimizing cost.
The sooner gum disease is addressed, the less likely you are to need more expensive treatments, such as gum grafting surgery or dental implants.

Illustration of laser gum disease treatment

Periodontal Disease Is a Common Problem

Illustration demonstrating how common gum disease is in the US.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you don't have to feel alone. Periodontal infections are an extremely common problem. According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half the adult population in the US suffers from gum disease.

Comparison of gums affected by periodontal disease and healthy gums.

Your Health - and Your Money - Are at Stake

Professional treatment is the only reliable solution to eliminate gum disease. While many patients avoid dental care for as long as possible out of anxiety, untreated periodontitis has severe repercussions. The more advanced the condition, the more expensive treatment becomes. In all cases, gum disease results in bone loss around the roots, and in severe cases, teeth have to be extracted.

Depending on the severity of the case, your dentist may break up treatment over several appointments. 

If Routine Dental Maintenance Has Failed...

Scaling and root planing is the first line of attack against gum disease. Treatment is split into several steps: 

Removal of plaque from above and below gum line with specially designed instruments

Smoothing out tooth roots to remove potential footholds for future plaque buildup

Frequent checkups to monitor patient compliance and recovery

Early Treatment for a Healthier Smile

Because gum health is an integral part of your oral health, it is not usually possible to pursue other treatments without first addressing gum disease. Both restorative and cosmetic treatments require healthy gums for the best chance of success. 

Gum disease is a potentially dangerous problem with an easy solution. Every patient should attend regular check-ups with their dentist to ensure that any sign of periodontal disease is caught as early as possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn how to protect your smile.

Point Loma Family Dentistry team

Point Loma Family Dentistry

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a top-rated dentist who is committed to providing the latest dental treatments in a caring, warm setting. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Dental Implant Association

He also uses CEREC technology to create beautiful, long-lasting dental restorations in just one appointment. Ready to schedule a consultation at our Point Loma office? Request your appointment online or call us at (619) 223-3811.

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